More Family Came to Millvale to see the Show – Guest Blog

Thanks for all the good wishes in accomplishing nine years of blogging and starting year ten. I’ve posted 3,235 times which averages 359 times a year.

More family came to Millvale to see the People at Work show today which was really nice. They drove in from Virginia, Ohio and West Mifflin. We gathered back at my house for dinner.

And a photography classmate of mine came with his wife to Panza Gallery at the same time. Andrew Wagner and I took a few classes together at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. He’s a loyal blog follower, too, having photographed many similar subjects throughout his career- in FILM!

Andrew once said my blog was like a Kodak Carousel slide show and you never knew what the next slide would be. He offered to take a photo of the family at the gallery this afternoon and he took it on my camera so I have the photos right away. Thank you for coming and always being so supportive to me in my photography efforts.

Here are the photos Andrew took today.

Uncle Frank and Maura look at Vintage Car Restorer storyboard featuring Uncle Frank.

Photo credit to all three photos –Andrew Wagner

The First Post of the Tenth Year of Blogging

Today is the ninth year anniversary of blogging. The start of year ten. Yikes!

Almost every day. Sometimes every 36 hours instead of 24. The times when there was no internet access, the hard drive crashed, the time I fried the computer with a glass of beer, traveling or feeling unwell. Many days I found a way, made a way to get a photo posted, somehow.

A friend gave me this Campbell Pottery (of Crawford County Pennsylvania) vase with a little brass frog to hold the flower stems. It’s a beautiful work of art. Thanks Debbie.

Being part of the blogging community and getting to know fellow bloggers around the world is the best. We share thoughts, ideas and images that inspire and we encourage one another to keep on blogging.

Thank you readers, commenters, guest bloggers and those who click the “like” button and those who visit anonymously.

Big Chuck’s Market, North Side

We knew there was a story when we saw this market on Chestnut Street. We wondered who Big Chuck was when we saw the sign above the door.

“For decades, Charlie Standfast was an icon of Troy Hill, known in the North Side as a man who took care of his neighbors.” *

The trolley tracks are still visible in the brick street.

Read Big Chuck’s (Charlie Standfast) life story by Jessica Turnbull ( written in 2009) about how he kept this Chestnut Street Market for more than thirty years on the North Side, click the link below

* https://triblive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/obituaries/news/s_651231.html

trolley-tracks

Trolley Tracks on Chestnut Street

Childhood Friends as Mothers

Childhood friends as mothers.

The girls, born in Germany in 1983 and 1984, were friends as babies and toddlers and young girls

1986 Kentucky

Laura at bottom. Anna at top.

Here they are as Mothers,

in 2018 with their own children

Anna with Elio. Laura with Charlie

An Unexpected Birthday Gift

My former photography teacher, Germaine Watkins, laser engraved this personal wineglass for my birthday. You might have seen last week’s blog about his Haiti Photographs. He is one of the portraits of the People at Work.

He brought the personalized gift last night to my photography show. He etched fireworks for my July 4th birthday, loops of yarn for my knitting, my name and birthdate and a little cross to represent my being a PK. Sweet. Thanks Germaine. What a nice surprise.

Germaine Watkins show link below and the photo of Haiti’s countryside that I bought which is now hanging in my dining room.

https://rutheh.com/2018/06/30/pittsburghs-spring-garden-neighborhood-summer-evening/

The People at Work Show is a Go

THE PEOPLE AT WORK SHOW IS A GO!

Millvale suffered from the heavy rains and the Main Street looked like a river flowing right through the center of town. The roads were closed Thursday.  Anyone watching the local news, wondered if the opening of my People at Work Show,  scheduled for Saturday 7/7 at 6 PM, could still happen. And the answer is yes. Clean up crews worked feverishly to get the town ready for business.

Hope to see you there for the opening reception Saturday night. Panza Gallery  115 Sedgwick Street Millvale PA.

Regular gallery hours are W TH F 10-5 Sat 10-3

You’ve seen some people at work on the blog already.

 

 

Vintage Eyeglasses at Neighborhood Flea

Sunday July 8 10-4. 26th and Smallman Street. A. Boss Opticians of Braddock will have a booth of vintage eyeglasses for sale.

They are about the only establishment who will install replacement lenses in vintage eyeglasses.

The flea market will have lots more vintage items besides eyeglasses.

I learned this today when I picked up my new reading and computer glasses. Mr. Boss brought out some samples and I photographed them.

poster above taken from Simonsgranddaughter.com

Meet A.Boss Master Optician

https://rutheh.com/2018/06/22/meet-a-boss-master-optician/

Grateful for Birthdays

Grateful for birthdays. It was a happy but quiet celebration. Glad my sister is here. More family coming in soon. It was a relaxing day.

Steve, Mary and I took a walk around the Highland Park Reservoir after supper. We got drenched when a sudden thunderstorm appeared just after I took these photos of the peaceful water.

Our power has been out a few hours now. Heard a tree is down on Highland Avenue. Wires down. Hope it can be fixed soon.